Matt Jaffe

Matt Jaffe writes about the environment and culture of California and the Southwest.

A view of the Providence Mountains from the desert floor in the Mojave National Preserve.

Our Magnificent Mojave

Twenty-five years after a landmark act of Congress, a writer hits the road and considers the evolving landscape of the California desert.

Sunrise view at Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park, a crucial wildlife habitat in the west San Fernando Valley.

Pressed for Space in Santa Susana

Every U.S. manned rocket launch—including Apollo 11’s—started with a test at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Government agencies and concerned locals are squaring off over what happens to the legendary site next.